Lesson 7: Lighting, atmosphere and other stuff.
Week 7 was similar than week 6 but working with color. We needed to paint 5 different landscapes studies and choose 2 of them. With the first one we had to achieve useful qualities for storytelling using adjustment layers. With the other one we had to light for the shadows and then for the lights using exposure. Once again we were asked to use photo reference to inspire the mood for the scenes.
I also used photo reference for the landscapes, taken by my friend Elena Nájar Parente. I tryied different brushes than the Tonko House ones, just to feel the technique was fitting other kind of brushes. I found yeah, it does, but you need them to have some transparency.
This is the work, painting from reference la la la laaaaaaa….
So this is the first one chosen. It´s pretty loose, I think I could have worked on it harder but I remember I was more focused on getting the right colors. Anyway the photo is so good I think it makes its job.
I almost did nothing with this. Only by desaturating and darkening the image I got the mood for a rainy day and I only had to add the rain. It´s amazing how easy and fast it is to work with adjustment layers!
I now think that I could have made the sky not so blue… or maybe the ground. It bothers me the hole image is so, so blue. But anyhow I think it represents a pretty fair sunrise (previously than when the sun comes out), wich was the idea.
And this is lighting for the shadows. Now the sky has no details but the ground is much more explained. Overlay again and colorize. It´s useful to have some notions on photography at this point of the course.
This week was interesting for practicing with color and technique. Color always makes things more difficult, but also more interesting. We were here to play, right? And now heading the last two weeks! Woooooooooah!